ELKIN — A recent race in Mount Airy raised more than $4,000 for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, research.
In 2013, a local racing group, You Better Run, saw one of its members, Bridgette Jenkins, diagnosed with the debilitating disease. The group sponsored a 5k race on the Emily B. Taylor Greenway in July.
According to race organizer Bridgette Easter, the event was a success, drawing large numbers of runners, and $4,500 was passed along to the ALS Association for research.
Jenkins had been running with the group for about eight years prior to her diagnosis, according to her husband, Josh Jenkins. Her love of running began as an effort to lose weight, but blossomed into a passion which led her to run five days a week.
Josh Jenkins said he and his wife have become devoted to the ALS cause since learning Bridgette had the disease.
“Ultimately, we want to find a cure so we can help someone else,” explained Josh Jenkins. “We hope one day other families won’t have to endure what we have.”
Earlier this month the group of runners and the Jenkins family made a formal check presentation to the ALS Association at Mining Ridge Baptist Church, where Josh Jenkins is pastor.